|Offense||26th||49.0 (31st)||272.4 (9th)|
|Defense||22nd||126.6 (27th)||248.8 (17th)|
|94||Ansah, Ezekiel||DE||6-5||278||5/29/1989||3||Brigham Young|
|35||Bell, Joique||RB||5-11||231||8/4/1986||5||Wayne State (Mich.)|
|65||Boggs, Taylor||C||6-3||302||2/20/1987||3||Humboldt State|
|26||Carey, Don||SS||5-11||203||2/14/1987||7||Norfolk State|
|99||Cudjo, Jermelle||DT||6-2||298||9/28/1986||4||Central Oklahoma|
|85||Ebron, Eric||TE||6-4||255||4/10/1993||2||North Carolina|
|96||Fluellen, Andre||DT||6-2||302||3/7/1985||7||Florida State|
|10||Fuller, Corey||WR||6-2||200||6/23/1990||2||Virginia Tech|
|81||Johnson, Calvin||WR||6-5||237||9/29/1985||9||Georgia Tech|
|91||Jones, Jason||DE||6-5||275||5/23/1986||8||Eastern Michigan|
|13||Jones, T.J.||WR||6-0||190||7/19/1992||1||Notre Dame|
|67||Kitchen, Ishmaa'ily||NT||6-1||330||8/24/1988||4||Kent State|
|24||Lawson, Nevin||CB||5-9||191||4/23/1991||2||Utah State|
|77||Lucas, Cornelius||T||6-9||328||7/18/1991||2||Kansas State|
|6||Martin, Sam||P||6-1||211||2/27/1990||3||Appalachian State|
|48||Muhlbach, Don||LS||6-4||258||8/17/1981||12||Texas A&M|
|87||Pettigrew, Brandon||TE||6-5||278||2/23/1985||7||Oklahoma State|
|5||Prater, Matt||K||5-10||211||8/10/1984||9||Central Florida|
|27||Quin, Glover||FS||6-0||207||1/15/1986||7||New Mexico|
|63||Ramirez, Manny||G||6-3||325||2/19/1983||9||Texas Tech|
|25||Riddick, Theo||RB||5-9||200||5/4/1991||3||Notre Dame|
|70||Robinson, Corey||T||6-7||316||5/21/1992||R||South Carolina|
|23||Slay, Darius||CB||6-0||190||1/1/1991||3||Mississippi State|
|52||Tapp, Darryl||DE||6-1||270||9/13/1984||10||Virginia Tech|
|15||Tate, Golden||WR||5-10||198||8/2/1988||6||Notre Dame|
|98||Taylor, Devin||DE||6-7||275||11/15/1989||3||South Carolina|
|55||Tulloch, Stephen||MLB||5-11||245||1/1/1985||10||North Carolina State|
|53||Van Noy, Kyle||OLB||6-3||248||6/19/1990||2||Brigham Young|
|66||Waddle, LaAdrian||T||6-6||328||7/21/1991||3||Texas Tech|
|34||Zenner, Zach||FB||5-11||222||9/13/1991||R||South Dakota State|
|68||Keyton, Darren (IR)||C||6-3||305||6/15/1990||1||Central Michigan|
|44||Owens, Chris (IR)||DB||5-9||180||12/1/1986||7||San Jose State|
|46||Snyder, Kevin (IR)||LB||6-2||238||7/25/1992||R||Rutgers|
|82||Thompson, Jordan (IR)||TE||6-4||257||7/12/1989||1||Ohio U.|
|93||Walker, Tyrunn (IR)||DT||6-3||305||3/18/1990||4||Tulsa|
|99||Wootton, Corey (IR)||DE||6-6||270||6/22/1987||6||Northwestern|
|60||Cave, Braxston||C||6-3||305||7/29/1989||1||Notre Dame|
|61||Hyder, Kerry||DE||6-2||280||5/2/1991||1||Texas Tech|
|43||Johnson, Isaiah||DB||6-1||202||5/16/1992||R||Georgia Tech|
|Mills, Jordan||T||6-5||316||12/24/1990||3||Louisiana Tech|
|86||Pierce, Casey||TE||6-3||244||8/21/1991||R||Kent State|
|Team||OLine Avg. Ht||OLine Avg. Wt||DLine Avg. Ht||DLine Avg. Wt||Avg. Age||Youngest||Oldest|
Zenner saw so much work because starter Ameer Abdullah was benched in the second quarter for ball security issues. While Zenner didn't do much, other than a 12-yard scamper, he showed a nice burst and toughness on several runs. Meanwhile, Theo Riddick was heavily involved as a receiver, catching 10 of 13 targets for 53 yards and a touchdown. We wouldn't expect Abdullah to be written off, but Zenner could continue to see work, especially until Joique Bell (ankle) is healthy enough to play.
Lawson suffered a severely dislocated foot. He isn't sure if he'll participate in the Lions' OTAs, but he said he has no limitations on his activities, per MLive. Lawson is taking his recovery slow, but he should be back by the opener.
However, special teams coordinator Kevin O'Dea isn't as eager to just hand the job over to the rookie, according to the Tampa Bay Times.
"First of all, we're not going to hand it to Clay," O'Dea said. "We've got other guys that are undrafted that look pretty special to me, as well."
The Bucs were eighth in the league in 2014 in punt returns (10.8 yards per return). O'Dea said the only things missing were longer blocks and a dynamic returner.
"If you stay on your guy, he'll get to the house," O'Dea said. "That's the bottom line."
"We anticipate getting that paperwork done sometime soon," Mayhew told MLive.com.
The one-year option will cost the team a bit more than $8 million.
Reiff has started every game but one over the last three seasons.
Per the report, Stafford, who finished Sunday's game having completed 20 of 32 passes for 188 yards and one touchdown to go along with three interceptions, before being replaced by Dan Orlovsky, is not on a short leash, according to coach Jim Caldwell. Stafford -- who currently ranks 33rd in the NFL in passer rating and 34th in yards per attempt to date -- will look to turn things around in Week 6 against the 2-3 Bears, who are allowing an average of 28.4 points per game to date. It's a decent matchup on paper, but Stafford's struggles over the Lions' 0-5 start make him a hit-or-miss fantasy option this coming week.
Whitehead was provided an opportunity to play last year when Stephen Tulloch went down three games in. But Tulluch has since recovered, which results in Whitehead competing with Kyle Van Noy for the starting strongside job.
He certainly proved his worth in 2014. Whitehead racked up 12 tackles in his first start a year ago and finished the season with 86 as a full-time starter. But despite statistics that motivated Pro Football Focus to grade him out positively against the run, he felt he needed to put on some weight.
"Watching back last season, sometimes in the run game, I wasn't as sturdy as I could have been," he told MLive.com. "I bulked up a bit to be more stout against the run."
That comes directly from Mathis, who admits he has told that to others.
Mathis, who will be 35 when the regular season begins, has started all but one game since joining the Lions in 2013. He contributed to 51 tackles a year ago, his highest total since 2010 with Jacksonville.
Quin made a diving basket catch on a deflected pass that snuffed out a Broncos march toward the end zone. The 2014 NFL interceptions leader is now tied atop the league lead this season with two.
Quin has assumed a leadership role in Detroit and appears set to remain in a center-field role, freeing him up to make breaks on the ball. Expect him to be in the thick of this year's interception race.
Both players were diagnosed with dehydration, but both were able to make it back onto the field before the end of the third quarter. The Lions have a 20-14 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
Although he gifted Slay a pick-six in Week 1, Chargers QB Philip Rivers mostly targeted Detroit's other defensive backs, which will likely be the blueprint for opposing signal-callers this season. However, Slay could get some extra opportunities for tackles and interceptions if he shadows his opponent's top receiver -- something the Lions might consider after Keenan Allen repeatedly beat 35-year-old Rashean Mathis last week.
There's now some doubt, at least that's what the Lions themselves are saying after acquiring veteran Manny Ramirez in a trade on Thursday during the NFL draft.
"I don't know," Lions offensive line coach Jeremiah Washburn said, via the Detroit Free Press. "And I'm not trying to be evasive, I just don't know. What is it, May 2, 3rd? The depth kind of develops itself, which is a nice thing. Going through OTAs, mini-camp, training camp, it always takes care of itself."
Swanson is still the favorite to start at center, though it does appear the Lions want to put him in a competitive situation.
"Am I thrilled about it? No, I don't think any other kicker is," Prater said in an interview with ESPN.com. "You know, they make these rules and they never talk to any of us about it. I don't know. I just feel that eventually they are just trying to weed kicking out of the game completely. It's something we'll have to deal with and hopefully make them all."
He also questioned the motive from the league with making this kind of rule change.
"I don't know what the owners and (NFL commissioner Roger) Goodell and all them are thinking," Prater said. "But I'm just going to try and do my job and keep my mouth shut for the most part."
Assuming he is able to return to action this week, there's an opportunity for Bell to reclaim a portion of the Lions' backfield touches, with fellow RB Ameer Abdullah having fumbled twice in Week 5.
Levy can't seem to catch a break lately. Playing in his first game this season, Levy suffered the injury in the second quarter and was taken into the locker room. He had been sidelined since August 24 with a hip injury.
Reiff has started 32 games at left tackle over the last two seasons. The Lions aren't sure that last year's right tackle LaAdrian Waddle will be fully recovered from knee surgery, and backup tackle Cornelius Lucas is better on the left side.
Reiff told the Daily Republic he doesn't care where he plays.
"I like playing, and wherever they want to put me, that's fine. I'll play," he said.
The questionables are linebacker Jonathan Bostic (back) and cornerback Sherrick McManis (quad). Safety Chris Conte (concussion), offensive lineman Roberto Garza (ankle), nose tackle Jeremiah Ratliff (concussion) and linebacker D.J. Williams (neck) are all probable.
His 40-yard dash time of 4.56 at the combine is below average. The sixth-round pick is only 5-foot-9. But he has shown instincts at his position that have impressed his coaches and teammates.
"He's got a natural feel," quarterback Matthew Stafford told MLive.com. "(He) made a play the other day in the red zone that wasn't even on the ball. I wasn't in the game. I was watching from afar, and was like, 'Man, our QB wanted to throw it, and he just took it away at the last second. ... He's got a good feel in zone, and I think he's a feisty kind of competitor in man. He's going to be around the football trying to make plays on it."
"We think he is going to be productive for us when we get him in here and get him in the rotation for us," defensive coordinator Teryl Austin said. "We are hoping, like most of our defensive tackles, to get him 25, 30, 35 plays a game."
Sixth-round pick Quandre Diggs thinks the team is going to have a solid player in the middle of their defensive line.
"He's going to go out and compete," Diggs said. "He's one of those big guys that loves to hustle. He loves to make plays, and he plays the game with the type of excitement that you love to see from those big guys."
Bell leads Detroit with 800 rushing yards and eight total touchdowns. He's averaged at least 4.0 yards per carry in four straight games, scoring five times in that span. If he can't play, Reggie Bush would start and Theo Riddick and George Winn would get increased snaps, the report said.
Detroit is a 7.5-point underdog in the game that will decide the division title.
Carter suffered an ankle injury shortly after training camp began. He will sit out the first eight weeks before he can be activated.
Ngata made his debut with Detroit in Week 1 and contributed to three tackles.
Making his first appearance since Week 1, Pettigrew could make an immediate impact due to Eric Ebron's (knee) absence. However, Pettigrew has been targeted only 16 times in 15 games since the start of the 2014 season.
Moore collected his most targets, catches and yards since 2013 on Sunday. With tight end Eric Ebron out with a knee injury, Moore saw an uptick in production during Week 5 and could be primed for a repeat performance if Ebron is held out again Week 6 given the Lions' dependency on passing the ball.
Fuller was active for the Lions' first two games, but he didn't draw any targets and wasn't used as a return man. Lance Moore is the No. 3 wide receiver, with TJ Jones serving as the No. 4.
Wilson, 30, played for four different teams (Seahawks, Ravens, Redskins, Falcons) before signing with Detroit on Friday. He totaled 426 tackles in 118 career games with 85 starts. He posted 27 tackles and one interception in 16 games (four starts) for the Falcons in 2014.
Walker and Haloti Ngata (calf), the Lions' starting defensive tackles, both suffered injuries during Monday's loss to the Seahawks. Ngata's injury doesn't appear nearly as serious, so the Lions may only need to replace one starter. Caraun Reid and Gabe Wright figure to see more snaps.
"It's good," he said. "Your soreness is going to be obvious, but I feel better. It's coming along pretty well. It feels good to run again."
Warford suffered the injury in the preseason and missed Week 1.
Matching up primarily against CB Patrick Peterson, Johnson was held in check for the second straight year (he caught just 5-of-12 targets for 59 yards versus the Cardinals in 2104). Of bigger concern for Johnson is his lack of downfield usage and production, as he's made just three catches of 20+ yards, and one of those receptions came from backup QB Dan Orlovsky (Matthew Stafford was benched Sunday for ineffectiveness). Furthermore, Megatron entered Sunday's game with a mediocre 5.7 YPT, which would easily be the worst mark of his prolific career. He'll look to make some big plays at home in Week 6 against Chicago, but he needs some help from Stafford.
Ebron's chances of playing this week probably are not good, but it does not appear he will require surgery for his setback. He could return to action before the end of October.
Ansah will look to add to his team-leading four sacks against a Cardinals offensive line that's allowed a mere five in four games this season.
Not so fast.
Jim Caldwell explained why, praising the 32-year-old Ramirez along the way.
"He's a guy that's certainly going to add some girth and power and experience in the (interior)," Caldwell told MLive.com. "But, also, you can just tell from a leadership standpoint, I mean, he's tremendous. Real solid guy, just a person that's well-rounded, has a good sense of what being a real pro is. ... I think you'll see some of that wear off on some of our younger guys."
Ramirez was a full-time starter with the Broncos in each of the last three seasons.
Reid was atop the Lions' depth chart prior to being injured in Detroit's preseason game against Washington. Though he will likely return to the team in a supporting role behind Haloti Ngata and Tyrunn Walker, backup defensive tackles Jermelle Cudjo and Gabe Wright combined for 39 defensive snaps in Week 1 - a total Reid may take the bulk of once he returns to full health.
"I think, without question, it was probably not officiated correctly in my estimation,” Caldwell said Monday. "Nevertheless, I do think in this day and age, with modern times where we have technology that can take out the human factor in certain key situations in big games, that we should use that technology to do so."
Detroit led 20-17 and had third-and-1 at the Cowboys' 46-yard line when linebacker Anthony Hitchens was called for pass interference against tight end Brandon Pettigrew. Officials reversed themselves and picked up the flag, prompting a Lions punt. Sam Martin shanked it, the Cowboys drove for a touchdown and held on to win 24-20.
"I'm angry about it, and trying to keep my composure here, but I'm probably angry for our team, and the fans," Caldwell said. "That's the thing that stirs your blood."
Dean Blandino, the NFL's vice president for officiating, said Hitchens should have been penalized for defensive holding. That would have given the Lions a first down, putting them near field-goal range.
Before the Lions selected him in the 2014 NFL draft in the sixth round, Jones injured his arm late in his final collegiate season with Notre Dame. He ended up dealing with a nerve issue in his arm, which placed him on injured reserve last season.
Though he's eligible to participate in this weekend's rookie minicamp, Jones was not present. Caldwell said Jones is in the weight room getting his strength back.
"He's healed up quite nicely," Caldwell said. "I think he's still working himself into a position where's got all of his girth back, because you do lose a little bit with inactivity. But he's been working hard at it, he's gaining and he's making strides."
Tate saw most of his targets in the second half when backup QB Dan Orlovsky entered the game for an ineffective Matthew Stafford, who threw three interceptions. He's not making many big plays, with just three receptions of 20+ yards on the season, although the entire Lions' offense is struggling. He'll try to bust out next week against Chicago.
The team website is stating that Tulloch was a full participant in the OTA session. "I'm doing everything," he said. "I'm able to run around and make calls and make checks and get back to being a middle linebacker."
Tulloch suffered a bit of embarrassment in Week 3 a year ago when he sustained the season-ending injury celebrating a sack of Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
Ihedigbo was the lone Lion to skip voluntary workouts last month. But general manager Martin Mayhew expressed understanding about his absence given the contract situation.
The 31-year-old Ihedigbo has been a starter in the NFL since 2009. He racked up 59 tackles and a career-high four interceptions in his first season with Detroit in 2014.
Despite just two carries on the season, Riddick's pass-catching ability has made him the Lions' most consistently productive back in 2015. His 30 receptions rank 12th in the league and first among running backs. He trails only Calvin Johnson for the team lead in catches. Riddick has has caught at least five passes in each of the last four games and is becoming potential-starter material in PPR leagues.
Orlovsky entered the game midway through the third quarter for an ineffective Matthew Stafford, who tossed three interceptions. The backup QB was able to move the ball a bit in the second half, but he did not lead the Lions to a touchdown until the 1:36 mark of the fourth quarter, when he hit Lance Moore on a 13-yard score. Stafford is Detroit's franchise QB, for better or worse, so don't expect Orlovsky to start anytime soon.
With Brandon Pettigrew (hamstring) probable, the impact of Ebron's absence is at least somewhat mitigated. Though it has been reported that he could miss up to three games, Ebron ran on the side with trainers Friday, suggesting he has some shot to return for the following game against the Bears.
Those on offense are quarterback Tajh Boyd and Matt Simms, wide receivers Clyde Gates and Stephen Hill, running backs Daryl Richardson and Alex Green, tight end Chris Pantale, linemen Brent Qvale and Caleb Schlauderaff.
The defenders imclude defensive backs Rontez Miles, Jeremy Reeves, Johnny Patrick, Dimitri Patterson and Brandon Dixon, linemen Zach Thompson, Kerry Hyder and Tevita Finau and linebackers Garrett McIntyre and A.J. Edds.
Linebacker Antwan Barnes has been placed on the PUP list.
Tapp was scheduled to become a free agent on March 10. He reportedly signed for the minimum salary, which is $870,000 for veterans. He made $855,000 last season.
Tapp had 17 tackles, half a sack and two pass defenses in his first year with the Lions, last season. He's been in the NFL since 2006, with the Seahawks, Eagles and Redskins.
Abdullah fumbled in the first quarter, and then appeared to lose the ball on a kickoff in the second quarter, but an Arizona defender was out of bounds while he was trying to recover the ball. After that point, Abdullah rode the bench, as Zach Zenner and Theo Riddick took over in the Lions' backfield. The rookie RB has showed some flashes this season, although he still doesn't have a run of over 20 yards.
Part of his problems can be blamed on the offensive line and general struggles of the Lions' offense (Matthew Stafford was also benched Sunday), but he's too talented of a runner to be averaging a measly 3.3 YPC (132 yards on 40 carries). Joique Bell (ankle) has missed the last two games, so until he is healthy, expect Abdullah to continue to get most of the work, assuming he can hang on to the ball. He's got a favorable matchup in Week 6 against Chicago.
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